It is not often that you get to have the world’s best riding in your own backyard. Here in Galicia, we are going to have that pleasure in under two weeks with the ITU World championships in Pontevedra. This festival of sport will allow us to welcome to our corner of Spain the world’s finest all- round athletes. Let’s hope that they enjoy everything we have to offer here. The Galician food , our diverse Galician culture, and if the weather is good, our magnificent beaches . So let’s have an in depth look at what is coming.
ITU World Championships in Pontevedra
The fun will start on April 24th when the EXPO opens in the centre of the city. This will be situated in a huge tent in the Alameda gardens and will have many exhibitors. This will be the hub of the pre-competition days. Many athletes will take a look at what is an offer from the major brands in triathlon. The Thursday will be an admin day for the athletes, completing their registration, and perhaps doing their last training rides. A good idea for getting in some climbing km will be to tackle Monte Castrove from Cabeza de Boi. This would be a great warm up for the duathletes.
The Competition Days
The real work starts on the Saturday 27th, with the duathletes taking centre stage. The sprint starts at 8am, and the competition goes on all day until 9pm. The first world champions will be crowned from 1.30pm onwards. The cycling route has already been studied in detail in this blog-post from February. Sunday 28th has been made difficult by the national elections. However, the juniors and the para athletes will take centre stage. Much more interesting than politics.
Mountain Bike Day
Tuesday 30th is the big day for the mountain bike men. The beautiful, but sometimes brutal slopes that surround the city of Pontevedra, will be full of triathletes. The route is tough but fair, and the winner will have really earned their medal. The track is not super technical but will need a lot of resect given to it, a there are plenty of short, sharp slopes to deal with. It should create enough gaps amongst the elite athletes to make the run not so vital.
The Big One LD Triathlon
After the Aquathlon on Thursday, the build-up will start in earnest toward the jewel in the crown of the ITU World Championships in Pontevedra. The long distance triathlon, which will take place on Saturday 4th May. Early birds will be able to see the best triathletes in the world take to the water at 8am. Ahead of them will be 3km swim, 113km on the bike, and a 30km run. And here in Galicia we all hope that at the end, our golden boy Javier Gomez Noya, Galicia’s golden boy will be crowned world champion. See you all in Pontevedra.